Anarres 2 cooperative community

Notes for visitors

Visitors are welcome, but take care, because you are visiting at your own risk.  A2 is not responsible for accidents or injuries of any kind!

Please contact me before visiting for directions and approval – I’m not there most of the year. It’s about 3 miles south of I-80 near Imlay, Nevada, the first 1/2 mile of which is paved road. The next mile is good gravel road, the next mile is rough gravel road, and the last section is dirt road. Your vehicle should have fairly good clearance, but 4 wheel drive is probably not a necessity during the summer and fall. During the spring and winter I’ve heard the roads can become too muddy to travel at all, and that 4WD may be necessary the rest of the time. If I happen to be there, I can meet you near the Imaly interchange and guide you up. If you get off Amtrak in Winnemucca, NV, I can pick you up at the station with a few days advance notice (if I happen to be around). I try to visit every summer, but the time varies.

If you do visit, please observe the following:

– Please park on the road, turn off your engine, and allow your vehicle’s exhaust system/muffler 15 or 20 minutes to cool before parking on the grass to reduce the chance of grass fires.

– Please don’t make open fires of any kind. The grass is extremely dry. You can use a gas camp stove with extreme caution if you don’t do it in a grassy area.

– The daytime summer sun is brutal. There’s a ramshackle structure that you could tie a tarp over, or you can go somewhere shady during the middle of the day. Nights are cool, however.

– Winters can be harsh. Camping in the winter is not advised (can reach -40 degrees).

– The tower blocks that I used for makeshift shower are not connected with mortar and can easily fall over if leaned on, bumped or pushed. Please be careful if you use it. I put a large jug of water up on top in the morning, and if it’s sunny it will be fairly warm by the evening. It gets cool really fast when after the sun goes down, so be sure to shower before dark. Use caution when filling and positioning your jug. I put the large jug in place with a little water inside, and then fill it with a small jug so I don’t have to lift it when it’s full.

– Violent thunderstorms with lightning and high winds are possible, and wild fires are always a risk; be prepared to take shelter in your vehicle during storms or to flee in the event of a fire.

– Don’t mess with free ranging cows and sheep, or wildlife, including deer, antelope (and, reportedly, mountain lions and rattlesnakes). The only animals I’ve actually seen are antelopes, one kangaroo rat, one bat, one bull snake and one coyote).

– Bring plenty of water. There is no well.

– Bring a flashlight. There is no power.

– Bring your a tent if you plan on camping out, or sleep in your vehicle. There are no accommodations.

– There’s a makeshift compost toilet. When you’re done, please dig a hole, preferably outside the fence, empty the compost into the hole, and cover it up when you leave.

-Please take your trash with you. There is a dump on the other side of I-80, some distance northwest of Imlay, but it’s probably easier to just take your trash with you.

– You’ll need the combination for the bike lock to open the gate. Be sure to ask me for it.

Requests

– Please water the trees, a gallon or two at dawn or dusk, if possible.

– Please don’t discharge any firearms – there is nothing to stop the bullets and it will probably annoy the neighbors.

Tips

– Secure light items at all times, including tents. Sudden high winds will take light objects and you will never see them again. Tents have been ripped off their stakes in storms! Leave heavy items in your tent to secure it.

– The nearest places for buying food are a convenience store some distance to the west (left) on the frontage road on the opposite side of I-80, or at the truck stop in Mill City to the east (right) which can be reached either via I-80 or via the frontage road on the opposite side of I-80.

– Most of the land to the south (towards the nearest mountains) is BLM (Bureau of Land Management i.e., government) land. Leave early, take plenty of water, and wear a broad brimmed hat AND sunscreen. Cloudy days are the best for hiking. I’ve written to the BLM to find out what the rules are as far as what you can and can’t do on their land but I didn’t get a reply. I assume you aren’t allowed to hunt or cause damage to the environment, unless you’re a mining or fossil fuel company. Some of that land is private property though, especially when you get up into the mountains.

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8 Comments »

  1. Hi Ed,
    I’m Halia (or Lia for short), and I’m going to be moving to Nevada pretty soon. I have plans to spend at least a few months at another community farther south in Pahrump helping get food production kickstarted down there. I’ve got a bachelor’s in Sustainable Agriculture and a couple years’ experience on farms, as well as a real passion for farming with limited resources in arid regions.
    Would you be interested in having me take a look at Anarres 2 at some point? It probably wouldn’t be til the winter, but I really appreciate your vision and (as an anarchist and fan of Le Guin myself) would love to see it succeed. I’d be happy to do some research as far as soil surveys, precipitation patterns, ecology of the local area, topography, and maybe draw up some basic suggestions for what could grow well there with minimal irrigation.
    Hope all is well with you, and thanks for taking the time to read this. Feel free to respond to my email (lia.maclellan (at) gmail (dot) com)

    Comment by Halia MacLellan — July 5, 2021 @ 4:53 pm

  2. Hi Halia, It’s a long, boring drive from Pahrump to Imlay. I’ve made the trip from Arizona, where my mom lives, many times. But if you happen to be driving past on I-80 that would be great! The local favorite seems to be irrigated alfalfa farming, but with the drought and falling water table I don’t know if that would be sustainable. Because of all the grasshoppers and Mormon crickets, and the low night time temperatures, I thought a greenhouse might be needed for any kind of serious agriculture. I don’t know when I’ll be back in the area, but you probably don’t need me to be there, I can send you a link to a map. It’s not far off I-80. I’ve been stuck overseas for two years because of the pandemic, still waiting to get vaccinated. Even though I’ve had coronavirus at least twice already, it sounds like I need to get vaccinated to avoid having to quarantine. What would you charge to do the survey?

    Comment by Ed — July 6, 2021 @ 1:32 am

    • Fortunately I already have plans to swing by Reno to see some friends once things are set up well in Pahrump, which puts me a lot closer to Imlay, haha. It’s definitely a challenging climate to work in, but it’s all a matter of choosing the right plants for the area. Things like prickly pear cacti or tepary bean are well-adapted to limited water and extremes of temperature, and have been grown in the region for a very long time. There’s also the possibility of an earth-sheltered greenhouse, which can help mediate temperatures significantly, and be a good shelter for any more tender plants you’d like to grow.
      I’m sorry to hear you’ve been stuck like that–hopefully you can either get vaccinated soon, or they change the rules for quarantining and travel. As far as the cost of surveying/planning goes, it would depend on a lot of factors. Ideally I’d charge a fairly minor fee, with the understanding that I’d have some place in the community going forward, if that’s amenable to you.

      Comment by Halia MacLellan — July 8, 2021 @ 4:20 pm

  3. Hi Halia, I can’t offer you a place in a non-existing community I’m afraid. I have the land, but we need a well, a septic system, a solar and/or wind power system and housing that meet the county’s zoning regulations before anyone can live out there, which will be expensive. My neighbor said his well cost $15,000. That is the next hurdle. I was hoping to attract a group of democratic socialists who don’t immediately need a place to live and who would be willing to invest in this idea as a long term project. So far I haven’t had any luck finding any. I think it’s the most practical and ethical path to socialism, but either few people agree or no one has money they can spare or are willing to risk on it. In the worst case scenario, I think once the basic infrastructure is in place, if we had to we could sell it off and people could recover some or maybe even most of their money, but hopefully that won’t be necessary.

    Comment by Ed — July 9, 2021 @ 3:55 am

    • Ah, I see, that is disappointing. Never mind, then, and good luck with the path you’ve chosen.

      Comment by Halia MacLellan — July 10, 2021 @ 11:56 am

  4. I’m coming through there at the end of august while on holiday/old funky dual sport bike adventure and would like to stay there a couple nights both two and from. I read there is a shower, but that you are only there part time?. I see your philosophical outlook and was wondering if there are boots on the grounds there yet,how many and any consensus on further plans pertaining to infrastructure as something like that would be fairly large scale. Like myself, many do not have the financial ability to do what it would take to whip the area into shape. I guess able bodies numbering more than a few would be necessary as well. The intentional community would be great but it seems there are often to many chiefs and not enough indians often starting out as one thing and gradually conforming back to the societal herd mentality. If you could find a group of caring Halia’s to Beatnik for a few years just to get some structure maybe some solicitation to local business for some sponsorship as well, are you worried about liability issues because these types of things can stifle a good collaborative effort before it gets off the ground. If staying there is a possibility then let me know of any thing outside of the notes you have and if your there at that time then we could chat f2f as well.

    Comment by nathan — June 24, 2022 @ 1:47 am

    • Hi Nathan, My shower was a 5 gallon water jug that I left out in the sun during the day. I don’t know if it’s still out there or what condition it’s in. There’s no water at all. Also, it’s about 3 miles off I-80, so not very convenient. I haven’t been out there for a few years now, trapped overseas by the pandemic. I suggest Rye Patch State Recreation Area. It’s just a bit further down the road. They have water, rest rooms and a camping area. http://parks.nv.gov/parks/rye-patch

      Comment by Ed — June 24, 2022 @ 10:01 am

      • Plus that 3 miles my land is from I-80 is mostly uphill on a poorly maintained dirt and gravel road.

        Comment by Ed — June 25, 2022 @ 2:17 am


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